Transformer explosion closes LaGuardia Airport, lights up NYC sky

New York City sky lights up bright blue after Queens power plant explosion

In this image taken from video, the night sky is illuminated in a bright, blue color after an explosion in the Queens borough of New York, Dec. 27, 2018.

The New York Fire Department confirmed the incident was under control in a statement posted to Twitter roughly an hour after the explosion.

"I was on my phone and then the WiFi goes out and then the entire building goes black and everyone's crowding around a window and I see this white-blue big ball of light and all of it goes dark", one woman said. As reported by ITV News, LaGuardia's power had mostly been restored by 11 PM and normal operations were resuming. InsideEdition.com's Lisa Voyticki reports.

Con Edison reported power outages in several Queens neighborhoods, including Astoria, Jackson Heights and Whitestone. Additionally, power issues on the 7 Train have been resolved and the line is running local service. It also prompted a brief ground stop at LaGuardia Airport. The New York Police Department reiterated as much in a tweet, saying the blue light was the result of a "transformer explosion" and adding that "the fire is under control".

Some were quick to liken the blue glow in the night sky to the giant sky-beams (which often portend an alien invasion or the opening of a cosmic portal to another dimension) seen in so many contemporary science-fiction movies.

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The Terriers have only scored 11 goals this season, the lowest of any club in the top four divisions in England. When asked if the players must take responsibility, Matic said: "Of course".

"This is a very old and very polluting power plant that should have been shut down quite a while ago", Judith Enck, the former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator for the state of NY, stated to HuffPost on Thursday. "We turned to the neighbor and said, 'I'm getting the f-k out of here, '" she said.

"The NYPD and the FDNY are on scene at a Con Ed facility in Astoria where an apparent transformer explosion just lit up the sky over the city", Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

In what looked like brightness from a different world, the NY skies on Thursday turned a deep shade of blue.

In July 1977, the massive Ravenswood 3 power plant on the East River waterfront in Long Island City shut down under a power surge caused by a pair of upstate lightning strikes, which had caused a (wait for it) transformer near Indian Point to explode. The video included below shows the light flickering in the sky for a number of minutes.

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